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1717k.3. Oenothera Linnaeus (sect. Gaura) subsect. Xerogaura (P. H. Raven & D. P. Gregory) W. L. Wagner & Hoch, Syst. Bot. Monogr. 83: 168. 2007.

Gaura Linnaeus sect. Xerogaura P. H. Raven & D. P. Gregory, Mem. Torrey Bot. Club 23(1): 19. 1973

Herbs perennial, clumped; from stout roots. Stems usually branched from base, sometimes branched distally. Inflorescences slender, nodding. Flowers 4-merous, nearly actinomorphic, opening near sunset; floral tube 9–13 mm; petals white, slightly unequal; filaments with basal scales. Capsules erect, fusiform, often slightly curved, weakly 4-angled, valve midrib inconspicuous and narrow; sessile. 2n = 14.

Species 1: Texas, n Mexico.

Subsection Xerogaura consists of a single diploid (2n = 14) species with a restricted distribution from two disjunct areas: Davis Mountains of west Texas, and Chihuahua, Mexico, near Chihuahua and Gallego. The white, nearly actinomorphic flowers and elongate capsules of Oenothera arida were considered plesiomorphic features by P. H. Raven and D. P. Gregory (1972[1973]). In molecular phylogenetic (G. D. Hoggard et al. 2004; R. A. Levin et al. 2004) analyses, O. arida did not group with O. boquillensis, the other species placed in subsect. Xerogaura by Raven and Gregory; instead O. boquillensis paired with O. suffrutescens in subsect. Campogaura (Hoggard et al.) and was transferred to subsect. Campogaura by Wagner et al.


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